LOS ANGELES (AP) - Everyone remembers where they were when Elvis Presley died. Now, another music icon has died.
Michael Jackson, the record-breaking, sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer, and the tabloid world's most disturbing celebrity, has died. He was 50.
Jackson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital after being suffering a cardiac arrest. According to CNN, fire officials say the 9-1-1 call came in at 12:21 p.m. Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived to take him to UCLA Medical Center. Crowds are gathering outside the hospital.
His death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.